Braxton Miller (born November 30, 1992) is an American football player who currently plays for the Ohio State Buckeyes. He currently has a record of 28−8 as a starter; he first started as a freshman against Colorado in the 2011 season. He missed his original senior season due to a shoulder injury and was a medical redshirt, but he has stated he will return in 2015.
Miller began the 2011 season as the backup to Joe Bauserman, but saw action in the season opening game against Akron, where he completed 8 of 12 passes for 130 yards and a touchdown. Miller didn't play in the second game of the season, against Toledo, due to a coaching decision, by then head coach Luke Fickell. Miller played very little in the third game of the season against Miami. Miller was named the starting quarterback for the Buckeyes' week 4 game against Colorado. His first career start turned out to be the best performance of his young career, as he tossed 2 touchdown passes, while going just 5 for 13 for 83 yards in the game. He was also able to run for 83 yards in the game. His second career start proved to not be so successful, as the Buckeyes lost 7-10 against Michigan State. For the game, Miller completed only 5 of 10 passes for 56 yards with an interception. He also was sacked several times resulting in -27 yards rushing. In his third start against Nebraska, Miller completed 5 of 9 passes for 95 yards and a touchdown, before leaving the game with an ankle injury in the 3rd quarter. The Buckeyes had built a 27-6 lead with Miller playing, but they went on to lose the game 34-27, with Bauserman leading the offense for the rest of the game. The following week, the Buckeyes defeated No. 16 Illinois, 17-7. Illinois was 6-0 coming into the contest, but could not stop the Buckeyes' ground game, as they ran for 211 yards, with Miller accounting for 34 of those yards. Miller only attempted four passes the entire game, completing only one, which was for a touchdown. After their bye week Ohio State faced off against No. 15 Wisconsin and won on a last minute 40 yard touchdown pass by Miller. He was 7 of 12 for the game with one touchdown and had 99 yards and two touchdowns on the ground. After the season, Miller became the seventh Ohio State player to take home the conference’s Freshman of the Year accolade. He also won the 2011 CFPA National Freshman Trophy. He finished the regular season ranked among the conference’s top 10 in total offense with 11 passing and seven rushing touchdowns to go with 1,692 total yards.